Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Smith, Brian

Committee Member

Bullington, Stanley

Committee Member

Tian, Wenmeng

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Industrial and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering


Layered security systems pose significant challenges while attempting to monitor security related activities. The varying attributes embedded within each layer as well as the attribute interdependencies within and across layers takes measurement complexity to an exponential state. The many interdependencies at play in an interconnected infrastructure further exacerbates the ability to measure overall security assurance. Then enters the patient attacker who infiltrates one layer of this security system and waits for the opportune time to infiltrate another layer. The ability to simulate and understand risk with respect to time in this dynamic environment is critical to the decision maker who must work under time and cost constraints. This thesis seeks to improve methods for interdependent risk assessment particularly when a patient attacker is present.